Undone by You Kate Meader & What A Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

Undone by You (Chicago Rebels #2.5)
by Kate Meader
Release Date: March 5th 2018
Publisher: Pocket Books
 Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC
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Source: ARC received for review purposes

I am loving this series by Kate Meader. I was delighted to find out that this third book in the series was about Cade and Dante, two characters I’ve grown very fond of over the past two books. I don’t usually go gaga over novellas. I often find them to be unsatisfying, but Kate Meader knocked it off the park.

Dante and Cade could not be more different from each other, but boy did they make a great pair. I loved the chemistry between the two, and watching them open up to each other and become close was a highlight for me. I craved even more scenes between them by the time the book ended – that was how much I couldn’t get enough of the two. They seemed like the complete opposites of each other when it came to personalities, but they fit beautifully together. Dante was the buttoned-up, openly gay, and grumpy GM of the Chicago Rebels and Cade was in-the-closet, fun-loving hockey player for the Chicago Rebels. You would think these two would have nothing in common, but they somehow bond, and a beautiful relationship develops. I loved them so much and loved watching the love blossom between the two. Not too mention, the chemistry between the two was on fire. Kate Meader really did a fantastic job at not only fleshing out their characters but also developing the romance between the two. I also thought Cade’s coming out was handled with a lot of care. I loved how loving and supportive his teammates were of him. I also loved Cade’s relationship with Violet. And I can’t wait to read her book! The girl is a riot and I love her. I can already tell her story with Bran is going to be a lot of fun.

If you are new to this series, then I urge you to give these books a try! Kate Meader is 100% winning with these books!

What a Difference a Duke Makes (School for Dukes #1)
by Lenora Bell
Release Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Avon Romance
 Adult, Historical, Romance
Format: ARC
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Source: ARC received for review purposes

Lenora Bell has easily become one of my favorite historical romance authors. Her stories are empowering, charming, and have the perfect balance of romance and real-life-issues. What a Difference a Duke Makes was another fantastic new novel from her – I was delighted through and through.

Lenora always writes headstrong and confident heroines. Mari was no different. She has grown up in very unpleasant conditions as she was abandoned as a very young child, but she was one of those women who was determined to make the best of her life. Mari was driven, kind-hearted and didn’t bow down to anyone. I loved watching her with Edgar’s children, especially. She understood them and was incredibly patient with them, showing them kindness, love, and understanding. I also loved how she went after what she wanted. She was certainly a very empowering, feisty, and endearing heroine.

Edgar was fantastic as well. It took me a while to warm up to him, but I’ve noticed that a lot when it comes to historical romance heroes. He was a bit cold and reserved with his emotions at first, but he grew a lot throughout What a Difference a Duke Makes, mostly thanks to Mari. We see him form a bond with his children, and it was absolutely endearing. Edgar was also incredibly supportive of Mari, which I of course loved. He was a pretty fantastic hero – there were several discussions/inner thoughts from him about how he did not want to violate his power of position by seducing Mari. I always do love a good hero who understands the concept of consent and actually shows that through his actions.

The romance here was very subtle. It’s not completely in your face, which worked for Mari and Edgar. I found the romance to be sweet and I could see how well the two of them fit together. I will say that I felt like there were quite a few plotlines in the book that I didn’t feel were addressed with enough focus, especially the storyline involving Mari’s parentage. What I did love though was Mari’s relationship with the precocious twins. They were two great kids and I loved watching them get attached to Mari. India, Edgar’s archaeologist sister, was another delightful addition to the book. She added a lot of humor to the story, and oh my gosh, I was so fascinated by her line of work. I can’t wait to read her book next!

All in all, this Mary Poppins’ historical retelling was a fabulous read. Lenora Bell is an author that I definitely recommend reading. Her books always leave me feeling warm and happy!

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